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Terms of Trade

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Terms of Trade

Time and time again, we are approached by disgruntled business owners and dissatisfied customers to help resolve disputes arising from deals made on the basis of informal arrangements...
 
The new Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Laws

March 2nd, 2018 Gibson Sheat

The new Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Laws

Anti-money laundering has recently been in the spotlight in New Zealand with the Ministry of Justice estimating that almost NZ$1.35 billion from fraud and illegal drugs is laundered through ordinary New Zealand businesses each year.
 
Protect your position as a supplier

December 12th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Protect your position as a supplier

Some businesses supply their product to shops on credit and are paid later; sometimes only once the product sells.
 
What would your business do without you?

October 17th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

What would your business do without you?

Pause for one moment and consider what will happen to your business if, tomorrow, you are no longer around, or lack mental capacity, to run it.
 
 
Protect your business with contracts

July 4th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Protect your business with contracts

Would you rather invest your time and money in your business, or in costly legal disputes? 
It’s a no brainer right? 
 
Possible issues with selling shares in a private company

June 3rd, 2016 Gibson Sheat

Possible issues with selling shares in a private company

There are over 500,000 private companies in New Zealand. Their many shareholders obtained their shares in them either by subscribing to the initial share issue from the issuer or a secondary purchase from an existing shareholder who had failed to find a buyer following the pre-emptive process.

 
Unfair contract terms

June 25th, 2015 Gibson Sheat

Unfair contract terms

You may be aware that consumer law reform has been on Parliament’s agenda for some time now.  This year has seen a raft of amendments to existing legislation to strengthen consumer rights.  The unfair contract term reforms in the Fair Trading Act 1986 (Act), which came into force in March of this year, are of particular interest to businesses.  It is now unlawful to include an unfair term in a standard form consumer contract.